We are pleased to announce that the "AU in Costa Rica" Scholarship Committee awarded three scholarships to the following students:
The intention of the award is to financially cover the student's flight expense. Receiving this award is a significant accomplishment as the competition was exceptional. Below is more information on Mr. Schmidt.
This scholarship is given in the name of Robert E. Schmidt.
Robert Schmidt unconditionally supported his daughter, Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart (Professor, Foreign Languages, Ashland University), in her international experiences and quest to understand other languages and cultures. He, himself, worked in the area of agricultural business, retiring from that career with the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Landmark Inc., Columbus, Ohio. In his retirement, he applied his expertise in agricultural cooperatives by working for VOCA (Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance), an organization that promotes broad-based economic growth and the development of civil society in emerging democracies and developing countries. VOCA’s vision, “a world in which people are empowered to succeed in the global economy” epitomizes Mr. Schmidt’s work in Panama, Sierra Leone, The Philippines, and the Czech Republic. This scholarship honors both his dedication to his family as well as the host societies overseas that benefited from VOCA’s commitment to establishing vibrant, sustainable communities and cooperatives. Robert E. Schmidt died in 2011 at the age of 85.